Don’t Fall for the Red Light Camera Violation Scam!

Posted on 04 October 2013


 

Big Brother has assumed control in the State of New Jersey.  Most traffic light-regulated intersections are now home to cameras enabling authorities to capture images of moving violations and send notices of same to violators, as well as a information on a convenient way to pay for the violation online.  Isn’t technology wonderful?!

 

While some in the state consider that this remote violation monitoring craze is little more than a scam designed to levy yet another tax on citizens, real scammers (i.e., criminals and not those governing in Trenton) are finding creative ways to employ this new fundraising system for their own benefit.

 

NJ.com has reported what appears to be the first instance of a scam involving red light camera violations.  A Bridgewater, New Jersey resident recently was defrauded of $365 for payment of a purported red light camera violation.

 

Police indicated that the victim was contacted by telephone with the caller informing the victim that an arrest warrant was issued in her name for a traffic violation captured by a red light camera and that she had missed her court appearance causing an arrest warrant in her name to be issued.

 

The caller instructed the victim to purchase a $365 Green Dot money card and indicated that he would then call back so she could read him the serial number on the back of the card to make payment.  The victim followed the caller’s instructions and was informed that the warrant was satisfied and she would be receiving mailed notice of a new court date.

 

One can only speculate on the victim’s financial situation and whether or not the $365 stolen represented a meaningful amount to her.  Yet, situations like this one in which notice of a violation is provided by an automated system rather than a witnessing law enforcement officer provide yet another argument to dismantle these intrusive red light cameras and place ticketing responsibilities back into the hands of law enforcement.

 





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